Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes

824 Scarsdale Ave, Scarsdale, NY


Margaret Soter

May 11, 1935July 25, 2019

Margaret S. Soter Passed July 25, 2019. May she rest in richly deserved peace.

Margaret S. Soter (Summers) of White Plains, NY (formerly of Scarsdale, NY), was born on May 11, 1935 in New York City to the late Sarah Katherine Poe Summers and Glenn Lewis Summers, Sr. Ms. Soter spent most of her childhood in the state of Alabama, in both the city of Mobile and the outlying counties during World War II. She graduated with a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1957. She leaves behind daughter Valerie S. Vick of Glastonbury, CT and grandchildren Samantha Vick (Mike Sennott) and Kristin Vick (Kevin Coffey); daughter Katherine Fitzgerald and her husband Christian, of Scarsdale NY, and grandchildren Ryan Spiess (with wife Jen and great grandchild Fletcher Harry Spiess), Shannen Spiess, and Michael Fitzgerald; and son John Soter and his wife Stephanie of Danbury, CT, and grandchildren Jennifer Soter and Kaitlin Soter. She also leaves a beloved brother Glenn Summers and his wife Diane.

Margaret devoted her young adult years to raising her children, first in Cleveland, OH and then in Scarsdale, NY. A lifelong moderate Republican, Ms. Soter spent many years working for The Westchester County Republican Committee, eventually serving as Vice Chairman. During this time, she befriended many prominent Republican politicians, hosting popular campaign and philanthropic fundraising events in her Scarsdale home.

Ms Soter was one of four candidates considered by the Westchester Republican and Conservative parties to run for Representative of the 20th Congressional District in NY in 1984. Though Ms Soter had strong base of support and was considered the top candidate for a time, she broke with the Conservative Party due to her positions in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment and pro-choice.

Ms. Soter served as Dir. of Economic Development for Westchester County for over a decade, enticing many large corporations to relocate there. She also served as Dir. of the NY Black Car Operators Injury Compensation Fund and on the boards of many charities over the years. An intelligent, charming and attractive woman, Ms. Soter entertained often in her beautiful Scarsdale home, and was sought for but declined many interesting appointments, such as an ambassadorship by the George H. W. Bush administration and Film Commissioner of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Development.

Margaret loved to follow politics, travel, read, see Broadway plays and go to parties. She belonged to many clubs and organizations, bringing her sharp intelligence, abundant enthusiasm and unique sense of style to all projects she embraced. She attracted many brilliant, cultured, highly educated and unique personalities over the years.

Most of all, she loved her family, and held each child, child-in-law, grandchild, great grandchild, niece and nephew, as well as her brother and sister-in-law and many friends, close to her heart at all times.

A private burial service is planned.


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C Cecilia Gomez

July 31, 2019

I will always remember Margaret as my best cousin and friend!!!

Cecilia Summers Gomez

Cora Burn

July 28, 2019

We made some wonderful memories together. Our 30 day cruise to Lima, Peru was a special one. We had never spent that much time together but it was a comfortable enjoyable and memorable experience. We shared and explored the ship together and apart. She got to know everyone and their families in the piano bar and I got to know too many people in the casino. Our few days in Lima were spent with our family. Our cousin Percy hosted a wonderful party to which multiple generations of our family attended. The opportunity of our life to meet so many Summers relatives. A tour of the city was wonderful. It was over too soon. I know Margaret enjoyed it as much as I did. Glad we finally did it. I'll miss her. Love and strength to her family. Cora.

David & Cheryl Hobbs

July 26, 2019

Kathy and Family, We are so sad for the lose of your mom, Grandmother, great-grandmother, sister. Our hearts are breaking, as we know what you are feeling. Sending hugs to all.